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Any of various succulent plants of the genus Portulaca, especially P. grandiflora of South America, cultivated for its showy colorful flowers that open only in sunlight. Also called moss rose, rose moss.

[Middle English, from Latin portulāca, purslane, from portula, diminutive of porta, gate (from the gatelike covering of the seed capsule); see per- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˌpɔːtjʊˈlækə; -ˈleɪkə)
(Plants) any portulacaceous plant of the genus Portulaca, such as rose moss and purslane, of tropical and subtropical America, having yellow, pink, or purple showy flowers
[C16: from Latin: purslane]
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Noun1.portulaca - a plant of the genus Portulaca having pink or red or purple or white ephemeral flowersportulaca - a plant of the genus Portulaca having pink or red or purple or white ephemeral flowers
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Portulaca - genus of mainly tropical fleshy or trailing herbs
Portulaca grandiflora, rose moss, sun plant - widely cultivated in many varieties for its fleshy moss-like foliage and profusion of brightly colored flowers
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Then there are to be eschscholtzias, dahlias, sunflowers, zinnias, scabiosa, portulaca, yellow violas, yellow stocks, yellow sweet-peas, yellow lupins--everything that is yellow or that has a yellow variety.
I have made a satisfactory dinner, satisfactory on several accounts, simply off a dish of purslane (Portulaca oleracea) which I gathered in my cornfield, boiled and salted.
Others are Grewia pubescens (Afoforo); Heliotropium indicum (Ogberi-akuko); Ipomoea involucrate (Alukerese); Jatropha curcas (physic nut, Botuje or lapalapa); Jatropha gossypiifolia (wild cassava or Botuje pupa); Musanga cecreopioides (umbrella tree or Aga); Opuntia dillenii (prickly pear or Oro agogo); leaves of Portulaca oleraceae (Esinsan-Omode) and sugarcane.
The study screened over 20 indigenous plant species among them includedalugbati,lipote,duhat,gumamela, roselle, butterfly pea,pandan, turmeric, barberry,kamantigi, begonia, mayana leaf, bougainvilla,talinum, oxalis, impatients, portulaca, nasturtium, and bell pepper.
There are heart-shaped arches filled with petunia, torenia, portulaca and marigold.
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2015) since it was first intercepted on Portulaca ol-eracea (Portulacaceae) ornamentals in San Juan in 2000 and then sighted on cacti in the Guanica State Forest and Biosphere Reserve in 2005 (Segarra-Carmona et al.
Finally, the alternate road leading to Raiwind, appropriately titled 'Pine Avenue', with pine trees, alternating with three coloured grafted bougainvilleas in bloom, on many hued 'portulaca beds', is a striking sight.
weeds (Setaria viridis + Setaria verticillata), Digitaria sanguinalis, Chenopodium album, Amaranthus quitensis, Portulaca oleracea, Brassica campestris) and H.
The least dominant weeds with less than 2% were Acanthospermum hispidum, Leucus martinicensis, Portulaca oleracea and Cynodon dactylon.
Weed species counted included burning nettle (Urtica urens), common purslane (Portulaca oleracea), hairy nightshade (Solanum physalifolium), shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris), common groundsel (Senecio vulgaris), common mallow (Malva neglecta) and annual sowthistle (Sonchus oleraceus).